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New South Wales closes the border Melbourne residents

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New South Wales will ban people entering the state from 36 Melbourne suburbs which have been locked down due to a COVID outbreak.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said anyone from those areas caught in NSW could face six months in jail and an $11,000 fine from 11.59pm tonight. 

Around 300,000 Melbourne residents from 10 postcodes have been ordered back into lockdown from Thursday as Victoria battles a second wave of the deadly disease. 

New South Wales residents are allowed to return home from those hotspots but must isolate at home for 14 days. 

Mr Hazzard said he was ‘still working through’ how police will enforced the rule – but said one option would be to quiz drivers with Victorian licence plates on where they have been.

Military personnel are seen conducting testing at the new mobile testing site in Melbourne

Military personnel are seen conducting testing at the new mobile testing site in Melbourne

Military personnel are seen conducting testing at the new mobile testing site in Melbourne

Queensland announced a similar policy on Tuesday and went further by requiring residents returning from those hotspots to pay for two-week hotel quarantine before being allowed home. 

‘Victorians living in virus hotspots have to take the Victorian and NSW health orders seriously and should be very aware that NSW will impose penalties if they seek to leave hotspot suburbs to enter NSW,’ Mr Hazzard said today.

There will be exemptions such as to obtain urgent medical care or for compassionate reasons. 

Meanwhile, restrictions on entertainment venues, weddings, community sport and other gatherings will be eased in NSW from today but strict physical distancing measures remain in place.

Mr Hazzard said businesses should ensure they have a COVID Safety Plan outlining exactly how they will maintain a safe environment for their staff and customers.

‘Until we have a vaccine, everyone has a role to play keeping the community safe, whether that is mum and dad at their kid’s soccer match or your local café operator,’ Mr Hazzard said.

‘The NSW Government has always said with the easing of restrictions comes risk, so I urge everyone to maintain physical distancing, get tested if you feel unwell and stay home if sick.’

COVID rules are eased in NSW 

The following COVID-19 restrictions have been eased from today, July 1:

· The number of people allowed inside indoor venues will be determined by the ‘one person per 4 square metre’ rule, with no upper limit. This includes function centres.

· Kids’ and adult community sport can recommence.

· Cultural and sporting events at large stadiums, racecourses and motor racing tracks will be allowed up to 25 per cent of their normal seated capacity to a maximum of 10,000. These events must be ticketed and seated and follow strict guidelines.

· Alcohol can still be served to seated patrons only, including at conference and function venues.

· Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can reopen subject to the one person per 4 square metre rule.

The rules on gathering remain the same: 20 guests inside the home and 20 for gatherings in a public place.  

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The Victorian government has re-imposed stay-at-home orders for 36 suburbs in ten postcodes after recording 139 new cases of the deadly virus in the past two days.

After just four weeks of freedom, those residents will be banned from leaving their homes except for work and school, food shopping, giving care and daily exercise.

Restaurants, gyms, pubs and all other non-essential services in the suburbs must once again close their doors. Affected businesses will be compensated with a government cash grant of $5,000.

Residents from the ten postcodes will not be allowed to go on holiday and the government will announce a support package for affected tourism businesses tomorrow.  

The lockdown will last for four weeks and come into force from 11.59pm on Wednesday. Police will be enforcing the orders with random vehicle checks similar to random breath tests and will dish out on-the-spot fines.

Premier Daniel Andrews said the lockdown was ‘deeply painful’ and ‘damaging for businesses’ but insisted that it was necessary.

‘If we don’t take these steps now we will be locking down every postcode,’ he said.

The curve in Victoria has skyrocketed over the past couple of weeks as coronavirus infections continue to grow from within the suburbs of Melbourne

The curve in Victoria has skyrocketed over the past couple of weeks as coronavirus infections continue to grow from within the suburbs of Melbourne

The curve in Victoria has skyrocketed over the past couple of weeks as coronavirus infections continue to grow from within the suburbs of Melbourne

Which 36 suburbs are being locked down again? 

 3012 – Brooklyn, Kingsville, Maidstone, Tottenham, West Footscray

3021 – Albanvale, Kealba, Kings Park, St Albans

3032 – Ascot Vale, Highpoint City, Maribyrnong, Travancore

3038 – Keilor Downs, Keilor Lodge, Taylors Lakes, Watergardens

3042 – Airport West, Keilor Park, Niddrie

3046 – Glenroy, Hadfield, Oak Park

3047 – Broadmeadows, Dallas, Jacana

3055 – Brunswick South, Brunswick West, Moonee Vale, Moreland West

3060 – Fawkner

3064 – Craigieburn, Donnybrook, Mickelham, Roxburgh Park, Kalkallo  

In a new testing blitz across the hotspot suburbs, officials will be knocking on doors and offering people on-the-spot swabs.  

‘Please, on behalf of every Victorian family, if you, or a family member, get a knock on the door and the offer of a test, please say yes,’ Mr Andrews said. 

During a testing blitz over the weekend, 928 people refused to get tested in Broadmeadows and Keilor Downs alone.

Mr Andrews has also asked the Prime Minister to divert all international flights away from Melbourne for two weeks so the city does not have to quarantine returned travellers. The PM has not yet answered his request.

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton confirmed Victoria was suffering a second wave after recording zero cases on 5 June.

‘The virus seems to have been snuffed out in early June. There is no evidence of any original virus from February, March, around currently,’ he said.  

Victoria recorded 64 new cases of the virus on Tuesday. The number, down from the 75 reported on Monday, is the state’s sixth-worst figure since the pandemic began.

Guests at the Stamford Hotel in Melbourne are seen wearing masks as they get into taxis on June 25

Guests at the Stamford Hotel in Melbourne are seen wearing masks as they get into taxis on June 25

Guests at the Stamford Hotel in Melbourne are seen wearing masks as they get into taxis on June 25

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Body of Naya Rivera has been found in California lake where she vanished six days ago 

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A body has been recovered in the search for missing Glee actress Naya Rivera who vanished on a California lake and was feared to have drowned six days ago.  

Authorities are yet to formally confirm that the body is that of the 33-year-old.

Rivera vanished on Wednesday. 

Naya Rivera sent a photo of her four-year-old son Josey to a family member 90 minutes before he was found on their pontoon boat that shows the cove they'd sailed to

Naya Rivera sent a photo of her four-year-old son Josey to a family member 90 minutes before he was found on their pontoon boat that shows the cove they'd sailed to

Naya Rivera sent a photo of her four-year-old son Josey to a family member 90 minutes before he was found on their pontoon boat that shows the cove they’d sailed to 

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AFL star reveals his mum is in intensive care with coronavirus as he urges Muslims to get tested

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AFL star Bachar Houli has revealed his mother is fighting for life after being diagnosed with coronavirus as he issued a heartfelt plea urging people to get tested.

The Richmond Tigers premiership hero posted an emotional video on Monday to reveal his mother Yamama was in intensive care and spoke about the toll it has had on his family.  

Despite his wife giving birth to their third child last week, Houli said it had been ‘tough, tough time’ for his family. 

Bachar Houli (right) says it has been a tough time for his family with his mother Yamama (left) gravely ill with coronavirus

Bachar Houli (right) says it has been a tough time for his family with his mother Yamama (left) gravely ill with coronavirus

Bachar Houli (right) says it has been a tough time for his family with his mother Yamama (left) gravely ill with coronavirus

‘When you’re restricted and you’re isolated, it’s very touching,’ Houli said.

‘More specifically, my mother’s been affected a lot. She’s currently in ICU undergoing some heavy treatment. The team in the ICU is taking care of her. Her current state is a mixed one. God knows best her situation.’ 

His mother is among 17 Victorians in intensive care and 1612 active coronavirus cases across the state.

‘What burns and what hurts truly is the fact that no one from her family members can go and visit her, which is very, very tough. Please put yourselves in this position,’ Houli pleaded.

He urged everyone, particularly in the Muslim community to get tested. 

Bachar Houli posted an emotional video about his mother Yamama's battle with coronavirus in intensive care, who cannot see any of her family

Bachar Houli posted an emotional video about his mother Yamama's battle with coronavirus in intensive care, who cannot see any of her family

Bachar Houli posted an emotional video about his mother Yamama’s battle with coronavirus in intensive care, who cannot see any of her family

‘I don’t want you to feel sorry for me but rather think about in general and think about as it being you and part of your family. Hopefully you can change your mindset about COVID-19. The reality is it is out there,’ he said.

‘I’m experiencing it right now within my family. Please I urge you for the sake of Allah go get tested. If you’re showing any form of symptoms, if you’re not showing any symptoms, please do your bit.

‘All they want for us is to follow protocol the best we can.’ 

As an elite AFL player, Houli said he’d been tested at least 30 times in the last few months as part of strict training protocols. 

Bachar Houli has remained in Melbourne during lockdown restriction. he's pictured taking a selfie with his two daughters during the 2019 AFL grand  final parade

Bachar Houli has remained in Melbourne during lockdown restriction. he's pictured taking a selfie with his two daughters during the 2019 AFL grand  final parade

Bachar Houli has remained in Melbourne during lockdown restriction. he’s pictured taking a selfie with his two daughters during the 2019 AFL grand  final parade

‘It tickles a little bit, it doesn’t hurt,’ Houli said. 

‘It’s a very, very quick procedure.

‘Please go to the nearest place and go get tested. Do your best to isolate, and we do our best to wipe out this current pandemic. 

‘This is for the community. This is a reminder for me and you for the benefit for the community at large.’ 

While the rest of his Richmond teammates are holed up in a quarantine hub on the Gold Coast for at least four weeks, Houli opted to remain in Melbourne for the recent arrival of his son as the city entered stage three lockdown restrictions.

Bachar Houli urged everyone to do their bit by getting tested for coronavirus. Pictured is a mobile testing site in the Melbourne suburb of Fawkner on Monday

Bachar Houli urged everyone to do their bit by getting tested for coronavirus. Pictured is a mobile testing site in the Melbourne suburb of Fawkner on Monday

Bachar Houli urged everyone to do their bit by getting tested for coronavirus. Pictured is a mobile testing site in the Melbourne suburb of Fawkner on Monday

The Tigers have extended their thoughts and well wishes Houli and his family.  

‘As a club, we’re continuing to offer Bachar and his family the support they need at this time, and we all hope Yamama recovers from COVID-19 soon,’ football performance general manager Tim Livingstone said in a statement.

‘The club encourages anyone with flu-like symptoms to get tested, and to continue to adhere to government and medical advice.’

Tigers star Bacher Houli (left)  has opened up on the heartbreaking toll coronavirus has had on his family. He's pictured with his wife Rouba at the 2011 Brownlow Medal

Tigers star Bacher Houli (left)  has opened up on the heartbreaking toll coronavirus has had on his family. He's pictured with his wife Rouba at the 2011 Brownlow Medal

Tigers star Bacher Houli (left)  has opened up on the heartbreaking toll coronavirus has had on his family. He’s pictured with his wife Rouba at the 2011 Brownlow Medal

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Alaska Airlines flight makes emergency landing in Seattle after passenger threatens to kill everyone

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An Alaska Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Seattle, Washington on Saturday after a passenger threatened to kill everyone on board.

Video footage from the incident shows the man – wearing a face mask – moving through the cabin of Flight 422 bound for Chicago O’ Hare yelling: ‘I will kill everybody on this plane unless you accept Jesus was a black man.’

As he moves past alarmed passengers in their seats he is heard shouting ‘accept it’ and ‘die in the name of Jesus’ multiple times.

According to Alaska Airlines the flight took off around 11.15pm from Seattle-Tacoma airport and incident kicked off 20 minutes in.

Video shows the man moving through the cabin of Flight 422 bound for Chicago O' Hare yelling that he is going to 'kill everybody' and to just 'accept it'

Video shows the man moving through the cabin of Flight 422 bound for Chicago O' Hare yelling that he is going to 'kill everybody' and to just 'accept it'

He was subdued shortly afterward

He was subdued shortly afterward

Video shows the man moving through the cabin of Flight 422 bound for Chicago O’ Hare yelling that he is going to ‘kill everybody’ and to just ‘accept it’ before he is subdued

‘The man became extremely belligerent and physically aggressive during the ascent,’ an Alaska Airlines spokesperson said.

Three passengers, including a law enforcement officer, and a flight attendant helped to subdue the man.

In the clip obtained by NBC’s King 5 station, the men are seen following the suspect down the aisle while everyone else is buckled in during the ascent.

One man then shoves the suspect and is joined by a second gentleman who helps to subdue him.

Video filmed by a passenger shows the pair take him down as a flight attendant rushes over with what appears to be zip ties to restrain his wrists.

A worried woman moves out of her seat before the flight attendant climbs over the chair to get to the suspect.

The clip shows others following him down the aisle

The clip shows others following him down the aisle

The suspect is seen threatening passengers

The suspect is seen threatening passengers

The clip shows others following him down the aisle as he threatens passengers who remain quiet

Passengers largely ignore the suspect, seen standing

Passengers largely ignore the suspect, seen standing

One man is seen moving to get ahead of him

One man is seen moving to get ahead of him

Passengers largely ignore the suspect, seen standing, as one man moves to get ahead of him

A man detaining the suspect is heard yelling at him to stay on the ground and one is seen reassuring passengers that everything will be okay. 

Cabin crew then announce the flight will be landing at the nearest airport. The plane was forced to return to its origin.

Following the emergency landing, the man was taken off board by Port of Seattle police. He was reportedly cooperative and booked into King County Jail. 

He was not immediately charged with a crime but he was being investigated on suspicion of harassment. His motivation was unclear.

He was unharmed during the detainment and no passengers were reported to be physically harmed.

The flight was canceled and the remaining passengers were booked on another flight to Chicago, Illinois.

After the man gets in front of him, another man grabs him from behind

After the man gets in front of him, another man grabs him from behind

A flight attendant comes over to help restrain him

A flight attendant comes over to help restrain him

After the man gets in front of him, another man grabs him from behind and a flight attendant comes over to help restrain him

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